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Tolmie Night Market Update and Season Finale!

You are cordially invited to precious evenings of local art, food, and live music!


Thank you so much to everyone that came out to our fourth Tolmie Ln Night Market featuring Shandy Browett. What an incredible event we had! From Shandy's breathtaking live sketches to the thrilling chess games that had everyone on the edge of their seats, and not to mention the mind-blowing tunes from the local band HOT POT, it was an unforgettable experience!


Shandy's artistic talent truly knows no bounds, and her live sketches brought life and vibrancy to our event. We were thrilled to find at the end of the evening a beautiful moment captured by her genius and preserved forever in this beautiful sketch! We were in awe of Shandy’s mesmerizing finesse; it was almost as though she had taken a photo with her artistic mind!



The chess games that we had, and there were many, were nothing short of intense and exciting! The strategic moves, the competitive spirit, and the camaraderie amongst the players added an extra layer of thrill to the whole atmosphere.


And speaking of the atmosphere, local band HOT POT, delivered an outstanding performance that had everyone swaying to their rhythm. Their music was felt by people from all walks of life, curating an ambience of celebration and harmony. The night would be incomplete without mention of the scrumptious salmon burgers, sizzling margarita pizzas, and refreshing lemonade prepared by the Lopez family. I’m sure mom and dad have a lot to be proud of! Thank you to everyone who made this event a smashing success! We couldn't have done it without our incredible artists, chess players, food preparers, the soulful sound of HOT POT, and of course, Shandy and her incredible art!


We will be taking a break from our Night Market Series this week and next, but we’re excited to welcome you back to our fifth Installment, featuring local tattoo artist Liam Joyce, and our thrilling glow in the dark collaboration project with him! Speaking of which, we’d like to cordially invite you to the culmination of our event series, ‘End of the (Tolmie) Lane’, our end of summer Night Market season finale! Please join us for an evening of food, art, music, and a celebration of all things local!


End of the (Tolmie) Ln: Night Market Finale

Our event is going to be on Thursday August 31st, 6:30pm-late, at our one-stop shop #3-676 Alpha St (Accessed through Tolmie Ln). You may RVSP on Facebook, or Eventbrite. For our final Night Market session, we're excited to bring things full circle by featuring our own Matthew Lopez, who was the first featured artist to kick-off the season! Matthew will be displaying a unique gallery of his illustrations, brought to life on materials such as wood, metal, and epoxy, and integrated fascinatingly with all manner of multi-media. 


As always, you can enjoy some delectable bites and drinks curated by the Lopez family, including their refreshing lemonade and mouthwatering Salmon burgers, which night after night have proven a great success. Keeping with tradition, we're also going to be displaying the work of our previous featured artists, as well as unique collaborations we've worked on with all of them, arrayed for exhibition and sale. We're thrilled to announce a stellar line-up of local musicians, including local bands CoffinHill, HOT POT, and a DJ set by Tuck & Nima of Hillsboro. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes!


We're also going to be conducting a raffle for all attendees to our Night Market season, and will be giving away some prize and bespoke woodwork commissions. These works of art are sure to grace any home with added panache and beauty. If you'd like to be a part of our draws do come by to our upcoming night market sessions this on the 17th and 24th and be sure to check in! All attendees who check in are eligible to be entered into the draw.


Thank you so much for your time, Friend. We deeply appreciate your support of our friendly neighbourhood one-stop workshop! We're always glad to be of service, and on behalf of our team we wish you a very happy summer!

Kind regards,

Matthew Lopez
General Contractor
Lopez Contracting & Design Ltd
+1 (250) 885-2902


About Lopez Contracting & Design Ltd:

Lopez Contracting & Design Ltd is a local and emerging artisanal contracting company that specializes in highly custom projects, ranging from renovations to bespoke commissions such as live-edge furniture. Our one-stop shop strongly values our community, and we strive to operate within a 100% local network of partnered suppliers, sub-trades, artisans, and specialists. Our wood supply network, for example, sources largely from local ethical arborists.

We host a beautiful and diverse display of Vancouver Island’s finest lumber specimen, ready to be kilned, milled, sanded, edged, finished, or otherwise prepared right here in our shop for any discerning patron or project. Our one-stop shop offers singularly rare and unique services right here in the heart of Victoria, including one of downtown’s only kiln, lathe, and CNC services.


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